Best of Belfast: Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar on building a community in the digital age

  •  - by Best of Belfast

    "Sarah Friar is from Sion Mills, Northern Ireland. She’s also the CEO of Nextdoor, a free private social network whose goal is to get you connected to your neighbours.

    Prior to serving as Nextdoor’s CEO, Sarah was CFO of Square a tech company who under Sarah’s leadership, launched its initial public offering in 2015 and added $30Bn in market cap.

    Before her time at Square, Sarah worked with some of the biggest names on the planet including Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and even spent some time working on a gold mine in Ghana.

    Alongside her work at Nextdoor, Friar sits on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a nonprofit that celebrates and empowers women entrepreneurs.

    Sarah Friar is an absolute powerhouse and a real champion of Northern Ireland. She’s a big supporter of the local tech scene here in Ormeau Baths and a great example of what people from this part of the world are capable of achieving.

    In this episode, we discuss how Sarah got to where she is today, the epidemic of loneliness and how we can become community builders in a digital age."

    Find out more about Best of Belfast at and follow Sarah on Twitter at @thefriley

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